Amanda

I am the store's general manager and I love to read mystery/thrillers, true crime, memoirs, as well as feminist and social justice non-fiction books. I usually always have at least three books going at any given time -- one on my nightstand, an audiobook, and a library book. I definitely tend to pick up titles that strike my current mood. I'm also the proud mom of three cats, Mr. Oscar Wilde, Fitzgerald, and Maya. I love chai tea lattes and listening to live music. My fiance and I love to travel; one of my goals when traveling is to visit at least one library or bookstore in the town we're visiting. I prefer mountains over the beach. 

Amanda's Reviewed Picks By Category: Mystery/Thriller, Fiction, Social Issues, MemoirsPop Culture, Contemporary RomanceYA.

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Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America; Essays Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525621058
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 7th, 2021

Joyful, relatable, and intensely funny, this is a book for everyone who has ever struggled with marginalization, self-acceptance, or just the nagging sense of being at odds with the world. Eric's writing is alternatingly laugh-out-loud funny and deeply introspective. His  hopeful tone is a balm for the soul, especially after all that we've endured in 2020. 


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Beautiful World, Where Are You: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780374602604
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 7th, 2021

Something about Rooney's writing really gets under my skin and plays on my anxiety. Something in the awkwardness, the things left unsaid, the conversations not had and the people unwilling to open up and risk getting hurt. And the people willing to. Rooney grapples with many questions in her newest novel, from the various definitions of success to how one finds hope in an oftentimes hopeless world, all with her trademark emotional and thoughtful prose. If you loved her others, you will love this one, too. It’s pure Sally Rooney!


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Malibu Rising: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781524798659
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 1st, 2021

There are some authors who were born to tell stories and TJR is one of them. The Riva siblings feel like real people, people I have come to know, understand, and appreciate. Reid has a real knack for taking a fluffy beach read and elevating it to an emotional height usually reserved for literary fiction, while still keeping me completely engrossed. I've read all of Reid's recent books and it seems like she can do no wrong. I can't wait to see what else she comes up with in the future!


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The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781683692515
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Published: Quirk Books - May 25th, 2021

I didn't know what to expect when I picked this up, but I'm so glad I did.  Hendrix writes Horror Comedy, a new genre for me, very well -- somehow making it lighthearted and quirky, yet tense and horrifying at the same time. It’s a hell of a lot of fun, simply unputdownable, but it also tackles some more hefty issues such as  the under-appreciation of housewives, gender roles, and socio-economic divides between neighborhoods. This book wins the award for the MOST cringeworthy scene I have ever read. No spoilers though, once you read it, you'll know exactly what I'm talking about!


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Leave the World Behind: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062667632
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Published: Ecco - October 6th, 2020

“Leave the World Behind” starts off a little slow, but it quickly becomes chilling, clever, and creepy. This book feels sticky; it's simultaneously atmospheric and claustrophobic.  Alam teases out the tension little by little and I had no idea what was going to happen up until the very last page.  


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Who is Maud Dixon?: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316500319
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - March 2nd, 2021

Best to go in blind for this one. If you love books about books, conniving characters, and a bit of a wild, and exotic journey, then I highly recommend this book! It was thoroughly enjoyable and quick moving with a WOW ending. I'm definitely looking forward to Andrew's next book!


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Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316486644
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 30th, 2020

This is an outstanding work of investigative journalism. You think you already know this story, but you don’t. This is essential reading.


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The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library Novel #1) Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781101988640
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Published: Ace - June 14th, 2016

I love this series! The Invisible Library books are hard to classify — fantasy, to be sure, but with heavy elements of science fiction, detective fiction, steampunk, and romance — all tied together with a heavy sprinkling of literary allusions and fast-paced adventure. The series really starts coming into its own, the further you get into it; the characters and world building have more of a chance to develop. Most importantly, these are fun, clever, and fully engrossing novels. The clever dialogue, humor, fast pace, plot twists, and time-and-world hopping here will appeal to fans of everything from Dr. Who to steampunk, from Neil Gaiman to Sherlock Holmes.


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The Ex Hex: A Novel Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063027473
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Published: Avon - September 28th, 2021

Spooky season lovers unite! The Ex Hex is a fun page turner filled with pure chaotic energy and immaculate witchy vibes. While this book does an excellent job of ticking off all the seasonal Halloween/Fall vibes, I think it would be a great read for any time of year. It was highly entertaining and satisfyingly steamy. I can't wait to see what this author writes next!


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Group: How One Therapist and a Circle of Strangers Saved My Life Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781982154622
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - June 1st, 2021

I love reading about other people's therapy, so I was fascinated by this account of unconventional group therapy and its life-changing consequences. 10/10 would recommend if you need a good, humble laugh about your own mental BS and want to feel the messy connection with some hilariously diverse strangers in group therapy. Tate is funny, awkward, and sometimes very raw, but her story is ultimately a wonderful reminder that we are never as alone as we may sometimes feel.


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Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062993151
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Published: Harper Wave - June 15th, 2021

As someone who is obsessed with cult documentaries, Montell hit so many points that had me nodding my head, yet also revealed how pervasive cult mentality, culture, and language are in situations I would have previously considered quite benign. Incredibly eye-opening, entertaining, compulsively readable, and startlingly of-the-moment, Cultish is as intriguing as the charismatic leaders and spellbinding groups it examines.